August 14, 2014

The True Fan

Is it ok to want to watch only when your team is winning? Is it ok to want to watch only when the watching is easy? These are two of several questions Devanshu Mehta asks of followers of the game on Deep Backward Point.

It hurts when my team loses. And when this happens, I find myself walling myself off from the sport. I no longer follow the sport with as much interest, to protect myself from the hurt ... It wasn't this way when I was younger. I had a lot more room in my head to carry the emotional baggage of the world. I would feel the pain of far off lands, of sports teams, of leaders and people ... I think you have to experience everything before you can let it go--before you become detached-- so that you know what you're letting go of. I don't know if I'll ever get there. I don't know if I want to.

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